AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 26: James Gavet of the Warriors passes during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session on July 26, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Warriors have officially released front rower James Gavet from the final year of his contract.

“James has been a good servant of this club and always gave it his all on the footy field,” Warriors CEO Cameron George told the club’s website.

“But he’s been given a great opportunity and we wish him all the best for the future.”

The NZ Herald understands Gavet is set to be released from his 2019 contract, and is ready to link up with the Newcastle Knights on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old will be released for disciplinary reasons, after a number of incidents has lead the two parties to the position they’re currently in.

Gavet was dropped from the Warriors’ Round 25 team, after turning up late to training and running late for a number of club functions in the lead up to the contest.

The game was also Simon Mannering’s 300th NRL match.

Gavet was then reinstated to the Warriors’ side for their elimination final loss to Penrith a week later, which looms as his final game for the club.

The forward has played for the Bulldogs, Tigers, Broncos and Warriors during his 57-game career, although 42 of those matches have come over the past three seasons in New Zealand.


  1. good luck to him, could end up being a big loss for the Warriors with the front row looking a bit under cooked now.

  2. Faaaaar out the Knights have some beef in their forward pack this season. Can’t wait to see what Ponga can do runing off those big boys. If they get Klemmer they may have an outside shot of top 4.

  3. Always liked this guy, but drama seems to follow him at every club he plays for.

    Just too high maintenance for each club in the end I suppose

  4. The dude is one tough hombre but lacking in discipline and self-control. I also get a feeling that his lack of success on the field may be reflective of his lack of effort off-field as well.

    Just like Shaun Lane, there must be a reason why he has been moved from club to club over so short a period (5 clubs in 7 years!)

    Would anyone buy a car that had 5 owners 7 in years? Too big a risk IMO and as wazza says; “too high maintenance”.

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